Jeremy Lin’s younger brother signs with a lo­cal hoop team

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

A Tai­wanese bas­ket­ball team an­nounced on Fri­day that it has reached a deal with the younger brother of Tai­wanese-Amer­i­can Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) player Jeremy Lin ( ), lo­cal media re­ported yesterday. The Fubon Braves, ( ) of Tai­wan’s Su­per Bas­ket­ball League, (SBL, ) an­nounced that it has reached a deal with Joseph Lin ( ).

Chris Tsai ( ), gen­eral man­ager of the Braves, told lo­cal media that the team de­cided to re­cruit the 23-year-old Hamil­ton Col­lege grad­u­ate to boost back­court.

“Our coach­ing staff think Lin is a smart player who learns things very quickly. He also has great shoot­ing touch and a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude — all of these are per­fect traits for a point guard,” Tsai said.

The team has been closely ob­serv­ing Lin for years and has wit­nessed his growth year af­ter year, he said.

Dur­ing pre­vi­ous try­outs with Lin this July, Tsai said the team has con­firmed that he will be a per­fect match for the Braves’ cul­ture and style.

Lin is ex­pected to join team prac­tice later this month and will be wear­ing the No. 1 jersey, Tsai said.

The Braves did not dis­close the de­tails of Lin’s con­tract. How­ever, the Chi­nese- lan­guage Ap­ple Daily said yesterday it is a two- year, NT$ 120,000- per­month con­tract.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics avail­able on the Hamil­ton Col­lege web­site, the 185-cen­time­ter, 68-kilo­gram player played the point guard po­si­tion for his school’s team.

Lin played 72 games for Hamil­ton, 10 of them as a start­ing guard.

He left with an av­er­age of 4.4 points per game, 2 as­sists and 2 re­bounds per game dur­ing his col­lege ca­reer.

Hamil­ton com­petes at the NCAA Di­vi­sion-III level and its teams are mem­bers of the New Eng­land Small Col­lege Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal media re­ports, Lin vis­ited Tai­wan last month and met and prac­ticed with three of the seven SBL teams, in­clud­ing the Braves, Bank of Tai­wan ( ), and the Pure-Youth Con­struc­tion ( ).

Each SBL team is en­ti­tled

to have two for­eign-born, eth­nicTai­wanese play­ers on its ros­ter with­out cost­ing them an im­port ros­ter spot.

De­spite his Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship, both Lin’s par­ents are from Tai­wan, which makes him el­i­gi­ble as an eth­nic Tai­wanese player.

Jeremy Lin ( ) had pre­vi­ously hinted that the younger Lin was ex­pected to play in Tai­wan next sea­son on his of­fi­cial Line and Face­book ac­counts.

Photo Cour­tesy of the Fubon Braves

Joseph Lin ( ), the younger brother of Jeremy Lin ( Fubon Braves jersey, poses for pho­to­graph.

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